The Department of Physics and Earth Science is located in the Science and technology (SET) building on the campus of the University of North Alabama. The department offers an undergraduate degree in physics, and courses are offered that lead to a minor in geology. The department offers a General Science option which is generally designed for students who have a second major in secondary education. The department maintains the university planetarium and observatory, which is available to the public for viewing. A course in astronomy is also taught in the planetarium.

The faculty members in the Department of Physics and Earth Science have the knowledge and experience to offer an outstanding education in these sciences. Active areas of research by departmental faculty members include the use of lasers as optical tweezers, quantum mechanics, water quality and resources, and the relationship between plate tectonics and biological evolution. Our faculty members have worked or conducted research in many areas of the world, including Chile, Russia, England, and the Caribbean.

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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Earth Systems Sustainability

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For general education requirements and additional requirements for UNA students, refer to Academic Procedures and Requirements.

Earth Systems Sustainability majors must complete:*

Course Credits
Earth Science/Physical Geology (ES 131) or Earth Science/Earth Systems (ES 133) 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 251) 3
EC 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 252) 3
Calculus for Business and Life Sciences (MA 112) 3
Principles of Biology (BI 111 and BI 111) 4
Principles of Biology (BI 112 and BI 112 L) 4
Computer Science (CS 135 or higher) 3
Additional Courses from among any course listed in Arts and Sciences
Area V elective courses or any UNA elective courses to bring total to
Total 57

Major Core Requirements:

Course Credits
Sustainable Earth (ES 247 ) 4
Environmental Systems (ES 251) 4
Technology and the Environment (ES 375) 3
Earth: Sustainable Resources (ES 348 ) 4
Hydrogeology (ES 488) 3
Topics in Earth Science (ES 480-481) 4
Senior Capstone Research (ES 489 ) 3
Total 25

Prescribed Supporting Courses:

Course Credits
Map and Interpretation or Aerial Photography (GE 225) 3
Environmental Regulations (CH 465) approval of Department Chair 3
Geographic Information Systems (GE384) 4
Economic Geography (EC 321 or GE321) 3
Ecology (BI 421) 4
Aquatic Ecology (BI 423) 4
Occupational Safety and Health (IH 301) 3
Choose one block of courses:
General Physics (PH 241) and General Physics (PH 242)
General Chemistry CH 111 and CH 111 L, and General Chemistry CH 112 and CH 112 L
Choose two courses:
Comparative Government and Politics (PS 302)
World Politics (PS 303)
Introduction to Public Policy (PS 412)
Total 25

Tuition & Fees

Alabama Resident Non-Resident
1-11 Hours $277.00/hour $554.00/hour
12-18 Hours $4,155.00 flat rate $8,310.00 flat rate
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 12, 2018
This course is Campus based
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4 years
4,155 USD
In-state tuition for 12-18 Hours flat rate. $ 8,310.00 out-of-state tuition for 12-18 Hours flat rate. All expenses and fees are subject to change.
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